Usually people are always impatient and in a hurry. When they have to wait for the traffic lights to change in the corner,.. well at times they don't do it at all, and if there are no cars nearby, they cross the street, sometimes not even trough the crosswalk. Also cars sometimes don't stop before the crosswalk, blocking the way to people. So the idea is to make the pedestrians wait for the traffic light to turn to red, to make them walk over the crosswalk, and to encourage cars to not stop over the crosswalk.
In this colourless city at the bus stop, where it’s too boring to stand. Where there’s nothing interesting.. How could the bus stops turned into meeting points,encourage people to use more the means of transportation and make the city beautiful at the same time? This concept will change our point of view for people around us and we will make us part of a work of art. Submitted by Carlos.
As a society, we are disengaged from our future (i.e. we don't work together to bring about social change more often and more forcefully). We also strongly believe that the main reason for this is the fact that we are built to discount issues that we are not immediately connected with (either in terms of time or in terms of location). What we propose is that we use technology to break down this artificial barriers we create in our mind between us and our future and between us and the rest of the world.
Lots of people love going out, drinking and having fun!
After a while they feel the need of looking for a toilet but most of the times they provide to do their business somewhere else.
In order to avoid bad smells and dirty environment in the city, the idea we propose is about making the public urinals a funny place to interact with.
A huge problem for any parent couple - to make children wash their hands every time they get dirty.
To solve this problem let's think of a carrot and stick method of teaching - however this time only about the carrot part. There should be a strong motivator of why a youngster must wash his hands.
What if s/he could get something out of the soap after using it? This would facilitate him/her to wash hands as frequently as possible to wash the soap off for getting what's inside it.
You throw your garbage in a bin and you hear a voice coming from inside: -Thank you and have a nice day. or some sounds like pig is eating your garbage. But people would get more surprised if two bins can make a real conversation. Can you imagine two bins in a short distance. Suddenly a voice coming from inside: -This town is full of nice people only today this is the 50th man coming tome. And there is a voice from the other bin: -Don't be show off my friend only for last hour I collect more garbage than you.
Submitted by Vladimir Atanasov
Every day, countless people keep their cars running during long red phases at traffic lights, thus producing harmful emission gases and wasting fuel.
A fun solution to this problem is the racing-style traffic lights: At the beginning of each red phase, they tell car drivers to turn off their engine and then to turn it on again before the next green phase – using racing-inspired voice commands (e.g. “Ladies and Gentlemen, start your engines!”) and a typical motorsports light signal countdown.
People tend to pass doormats in public entrances without actively cleaning their shoes. This is a problem, especially in winter, since the shoes are more dirty during the rainy season.
What would you do if a cigarette set afire a carpet? Extinguish it as fast as possible! We used this knee-jerk action to intensify the cleaning of shoe soles and give people a funny experience.
But the glow does not end. The cigarette butt is made of solid material, lit by a red LED and a thin column of smoke ascends from it. A surprise effect!
The negative mood of the great majority of people that can result on further violence or isolation. To make people realize that they have enough reasons to be happy, they just need a detonator to speak out and share them.
These days all the people is seeking to be famous, to be broadcasted, express themselves; this “Happy Booth”, located in any public space, is a nice way to do this.
Cycling is hard work especially up hill. Sound posts with PIR sensors could be placed along the side of the road to give audio rewards to cyclists as they struggle through the city streets. A selection of surprising, uplifting and thought provoking music and sounds could be projected at the cyclists as they travel through a mini soundscape making the whole process more fun and attractive. This would encourage more people to cycle instead of drive.
Submitted by Joe Ravenhill.
Skin cancer is on the rise. Dermatologists have 2 big concerns: 1). People don't put on enough sunscreen 2). They don't reapply often enough. To raise awareness in a memorable way, FunScreen can be set up at public pools and beaches, either temporarily or permanently. A misting product (much like a spray tan), FunScreen offers full UVA/UVB coverage that is applied in a unique way. People stand beneath the FunScreen "shower head" and activate it by pulling a string. A highly danceable tune begins playing as the FunScreen sprays the person beneath.
Chore Bore is a device designed to help parents and kids get the chores done with some fun! Simply record a pleasant message of yourself reminding your child of their task, set a time, push the big button and walk away. Perky, upbeat music will play with soft and playful lights. As the time ticks on, the music becomes more dire, the lights blink more frantically and the parents voice will become louder and weirdly warped. If the child completes the task before the time runs out, an alarm will demand a reward! However.... If the timer runs out, an alarm will demand punishment!
The mobility of people around the world is unimaginable nowadays. People manage to travel across countries and continents within hours with lowest rates ever. Does this bring only benefits? Not really - as it was recently shown by the spread speed of the swine-flu disease. One of the methods to fight similar illnesses is to wear a flu-fighting mask. However, opinion polls show that only 5% use this protection method, while more than 36% think that people wearing these masks look like hypochondriacs.
The electric light trail is an obsolete and boring place to excercise. To get motivated to go out running there we need to upgrade it to the electric light trail hunting game. On the trail different animal targets will appear and a perfect hit with your (harmless) laser gun will give you various points depending on species. Running the trail will be during night time using a headlamp and the animal targets will be lit. A miss will naturally "scare" the target away and it disappears rendering you unable to shoot it again.
How to fight the endless graffiti on every conceivable surface around the city? Install renewable graffiti "walls" - detachable plates of plastic or plasterboard on which young people can freely express themselves. One can even picture competitions going on for the best graffiti work, where all passers-by are able to vote for the favourite piece of urban art e.g. by using a designated place on the board..
Every object in our surrounding have an emotional connection to us (both good and bad feeling), especially the objects that are commonly seen on the street that people interact with everyday. People hate parking meters, which cause them to lose money. Since, I believe everyone should enjoy their lives, despite the bad things. Therefore, I choose to re-design the physical aspect of the parking meter so that people would have fun when using them. As a result, the parking meter is re-designed with the same function but offer a different value to the user.
Submitted by Kei Chun Chung
The idea is made to solve the issue of people crossing the street on the red light. In my project the crosswalk is made from lighting floor panels which activate when you step on them. When the light is red they are in normal white colour, but when it turns green and someone steps on them, they change the colour. It would be very helpful because a lot of people don't wait for the green light and they risk their own and others' lives just to go few seconds faster.
Submitted by Aleksander Wnuk
As we walk down the streets, we walk straight, eyes forward only focusing on our destination. We wear headphones to isolate ourselves since we can't be bothered to spare a few moments to chat with each other. Can we use fun to pop these bubbles of isolation we have formed around ourselves? Yes, yes we can. Submitted by Justin Sy